Rock bottom officially met the Eagles on Sunday after the Saints walloped the defending Super Bowl champs by 41 points. The Eagles (4-6) fell 48-7 in the Superdome, losing two straight for the second time this season. It was their most lopsided loss in 13 years. They appear to be falling apart at the seams, too.
Injuries have decimated the secondary and Carson Wentz is struggling to both protect the ball and put points on the board. He threw a season-high three picks against the Saints.
The Eagles have been outscored 75-27 in their past two games, losses to the Saints and Cowboys, and have fallen to third place in the NFC East. Their season is on life support but not dead yet.
Break up the Giants! Ruining their odds to get the No. 1 overall pick and the young quarterback they should have drafted this past April, the Giants have rattled off consecutive wins for their first two-game win streak in almost two years.
They’ve ran the ball better the past two weeks, which has kept defenses from teeing off on Eli Manning and abusing that subpar offensive line. Rookie Saquon Barkley rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns against the Buccaneers.
Manning has passer ratings of 110.7 and 155.8, respectively, in the past two games. Of course, just as the offense is peaking, the defense has sputtered. The Giants have allowed 884 total yards in those past two wins and a 64-percent conversion rate on third down along with six touchdowns in 10 red-zone trips.
NFL oddsmakers aren’t buying the recent surge by the Giants nor that the roof is caving in on the Eagles, and they’re probably right to suggest the Eagles bounce back from such a lopsided defeat, making them six-point favorites.
But the Eagles’ offensive struggles and injuries are season-long issues that’s led to an overall regression. They can’t be trusted to win a division game right now by a touchdown. Look for the Eagles to win a tight contest, perhaps by a point or field goal.
By the second half against the Saints, the Eagles were down their top five cornerbacks. They’re hoping to have starter Jalen Mills back from a foot injury and hoping that corners Avonte Maddox and Rasul Douglas can come back after sustaining minor injuries against the Saints.
Another corner, Sidney Jones, isn’t likely to play after suffering yet another hamstring injury. The Eagles are also likely to be without middle linebacker Jordan Hicks (calf), which will probably move Nigel Bradham to the middle and have Bradham’s role filled by Nate Gerry and Kamu Grugier-Hill depending on down and distance.
But don’t expect the Giants to roll up a ton of points and help push this game over the line of 46. This matchup pits the NFL’s 24th highest scoring team (Eagles) against the league’s 22nd highest scoring team. That both teams know each other’s tendencies well suggests that neither team will be lighting up the scoreboard.
If both teams just play to their season scoring average, they’ll combine for 42 points. The Giants have scored 58 points in the past two games but they played the NFL’s 28th and 32nd ranked defenses, respectively, in both weeks.
This game has the feel of the winner scoring 23 and the loser in the low 20s. Bet under 46 with Karamba.
The Giants have scored seven offensive touchdowns during their two-game win streak against terrible defenses, an average of 3.5 per game. In six of their other eight games they’ve scored two or fewer touchdowns.
Bottom line: When they’ve faced better defenses than Tampa Bay and San Francisco, the Giants have usually struggled miserably on offense.
The Eagles have only allowed more than three touchdowns in a game twice this year. At home, the Eagles have allowed just 10 touchdowns in five games, an average of two per game. Bet under 5.5 TDs at -186 with 888Sport.
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